Grace E. Mulholland of Freehold, N.J., has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Science at Virginia Tech for the 2012-13 academic year.

Mulholland will graduate in May with a double major in biological sciences and psychology and a near perfect grade point average. She has excelled in her academics with dean's list recognition and as a member of the University Honors Community. She was a Presidential Global Scholar this spring.

She has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the College of Science Dean’s Scholar Award, Rising Senior and Rising Junior Awards, the Honors Class of 1956 Ut Prosim Scholarship, among others and was honored with induction into Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society.

During her time at the university, she conducted research with the departments of Entomology, Biological Sciences, and Physics, served as a teaching assistant for Honors Biology, and was selected as a Global Health Leadership Intern with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mulholland served as an academic tutor, as an HIV/AIDS community volunteer in East Africa, as a pediatric medicine volunteer in El Salvador, and a hurricane relief volunteer. She also worked with Habitat for Humanity and participated in The Big Event. Mulholland served as founder and president of FACE AIDS at the university, music director of Mixed Emotions A Cappella Group, was the inaugural co-president of the Honors Residential College, has served as a Hokie Ambassador, and as a member of the Marching Virginians Flag Corps.

She is the daughter of John and Kathy Mulholland.

Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. Co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the award recognizes outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (a minimum of a 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.



Written by Catherine Doss.
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